Dr. Anthony Fauci lays out timetable for when sports fans can return to packed stadiums, arenas


Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, laid out a timetable on Monday for when sports teams will likely be able to pack stadiums and arenas again.

The NBA will be the first major sport to make a second return this year as the threat of the pandemic continues to grow and, according to Dr. Fauci, it will be some time before arenas like the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles will be sold out.

“We're gonna be vaccinating the highest-priority people [from] the end of December through January, February, March,” Fauci told Yahoo Sports in an interview published on Monday. “By the time you get to the general public, the people who'll be going to the basketball games, who don't have any underlying conditions, that's gonna be starting the end of April, May, June.”

He continued: “So it probably will be well into the end of the summer before you can really feel comfortable [with full sports stadiums] – if a lot of people get vaccinated. I don't think we're going to be that normal in July. I think it probably would be by the end of the ... (Read more)

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